Ravenswood’s Drama program is designed around three primary goals:
- To create social and emotional awareness within our students
- To help students develop empathy and to understand their own feelings, as well as the feelings of others
- To provide an outlet for an intelligence of which a student may yet be unaware or a genius yet undiscovered
According to Ravenswood drama teacher, Jeremy Guidry, when students develop empathy through their understanding of fictional characters in the works they read, write, and perform, this often leads students to a better understanding of their own real-life relationships with family, friends, and peers.
In drama class, students do a variety of activities appropriate to their age level, including game play, acting out scenes, and improvising skits. Mr. Guidry has developed a number of integrated drama units with classroom teachers. One such example involved creating masks with sixth grade students in support of a literacy unit on Greek theater, mythology, and the book The Giver. He also developed a unit with a third grade teacher in which the class performed part of Another Butterfly, a book about the Holocaust, for other classrooms. With fifth grade students, he taught a unit in which the students took poetry they had written and learned to perform it in a dynamic way.
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